Main Campus Professional Development Programs 2014-2015
The College of Graduate Studies is committed to providing students with a variety of opportunities to enhance their education and to prepare them for professional success. Our professional development program provides workshops and resources in the four primary areas. If you have suggestions for events, workshops, speakers or other feedback, please contact us at GradCollegeProgramming@utoledo.edu. We would love to hear from you!
TAs, GAs, and faculty who create course materials and/or website content in particular are strongly encouraged to attend.
This program will be an overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. We will define accessibility and give examples of what accessible documents and programs look like. There will be hands-on training in the computer lab on how to create accessible Microsoft Word and PDF documents, along with a review of the accessibility features in Blackboard. Resources and reference guides will be provided to all participants. This knowledge is in high demand and is also a valuable transferable skill. .
Learners who will benefit include any graduate student, faculty member, or staff person who is responsible for selecting or creating course materials utilizing third party online instruction/homework/testing software platforms, or Blackboard.
- Friday, September 12, 2014 from 8:15 - 12:00pm in Carlson Library Room 1027
- Thursday, January 29, 2015 from 8:15 - 12:00pm in Memorial Field House, Room 1060
The Competitive Edge – Professional Development Series by iCare University
Students are encouraged to complete all seven modules of this valuable series and attend The Competitive Edge: What Can I Do to Stand Out? event on Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 2 – 4pm in the Student Union Auditorium for an opportunity to speak with and hear from experts on how to set yourself apart in a competitive market. Students who complete the entire series will be recognized during this final event. We offer two different times per module to accommodate varying schedules. All training will be held in the iCare University room in 1101 Ottawa House East on Main Campus (MC). Simply select the date you wish to attend to be taken directly to online registration.
Module I: Identifying You – Building Your Professional Skill Set
To identify your most suitable role you will need to identify your transferable skills set. A skill might be defined as an action (or set of actions) that achieve results. Transferable skills are core skills that we use most of the time to achieve the best results.Learning Objectives: Identifying your transferable skills
Understanding marketable traits
Finding your skill set from your traits
- Tuesday, September 9, 2014 from 6 – 7pm in iCare University (MC) – 1101 Ottawa House East
- Wednesday, September 24, 2014 from 12 – 1pm in iCare University (MC) – 1101 Ottawa House East
Module II: The Elevator Pitch – Presenting Yourself
If you’re looking for a job, one of the first tasks on your to-do list should be crafting an ideal “elevator pitch.” It’s the 30-second speech that summarizes who you are, what you do and why you’d be a perfect candidate. In this training, we will help you build that ideal pitch with confidence.Learning Objectives: Do’s and Don’ts of an effective elevator speech
Writing an effective elevator speech
How to hook your listener
- Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 6 – 7pm in iCare University (MC) – 1101 Ottawa House East
- Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 12 – 1pm in iCare University (MC) – 1101 Ottawa House East
Module III: Preparing for Your Moment
Every single thing you do is in preparation for your moment that is yet to come. The question is, are you ready for your moment? With this module, we will discuss how we can be ready and the steps necessary.Learning Objectives: Social Media
Creating a Plan of Action
Importance of everyday tasks
Meeting your goals
- Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 12 – 1pm in iCare University (MC) – 1101 Ottawa House East
- Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 12 - 1pm in iCare room in basement of Mulford Library Annex
Module IV: Handling Conflict in the Workplace
Resilience, flexibility and the ability to deal effectively with adversity are the hallmarks of a successful person. During this module, we will discuss tips and techniques to help you tackle the challenges you may face in your career with grace.Learning Objectives: Handling your emotions
Defining acceptable behavior
How to hit conflict head-on
Module V: Meeting the Employer’s Expectations
Today’s corporate world is highly competitive and moves fast. If you don’t want to get left behind you have to do everything you can to keep yourself valuable and attractive to your employer. That means viewing the world as one big classroom and gaining as much knowledge, experience, and skills as you can along the way will only help sharpen your ability to stay competitive.Learning Objectives: Manage expectations
- Tuesday, February 10, 2015 from 6 – 7pm in iCare University (MC) – 1101 Ottawa House East
Module VI: Ethics in the Workplace
One of the most important responsibilities that we place on the leaders of organizations is upholding the highest standards of ethical behavior. In a nutshell, this comes down to doing the right thing even when the wrong thing might also have some attraction. Work-place ethics are most often related to decision-making processes. We discuss the process of decision making during this module.Learning Objectives: Key components of workplace ethics
The value of commitment
- Tuesday, March 3, 2015 from 6 – 7pm in iCare University (MC) – 1101 Ottawa House East
Module VII: Leader for Life
Successful leaders don’t rest on their successes. Leadership must be a living process, not a title on a business card, and life means growth. The path to increased influence, impact, and leadership effectiveness is paved with personal growth.… Our capacity to grow determines our capacity to lead. It’s really that simple.Learning Objectives: Laws of leadership
Share in creating vision and values
Influence and responsibility
- Tuesday, March 31, 2015 from 6 – 7pm in iCare University (MC) – 1101 Ottawa House East
This program provides an overview of the preparation and submission process for graduate Electronic Theses or Dissertations (ETD) within the context of graduation requirements for the Graduate College Office on the Main Campus. A "live" navigation through our ETD resource website and the OhioLINK ETD Center is included.
- Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 4 - 5 pm in Carlson Library Room 1025
- Tuesday, February 17, 2015 from 4 - 5 pm in Carlson Library Room 1025
- Tuesday, June 9, 2015 from 4 - 5 pm in Carlson Library Room 1025
This program provides an overview of the preparation and submission process for graduate Electronic Theses or Dissertations (ETD) within the context of graduation requirements for the Graduate College Office on the Main Campus. A "live" navigation through our ETD resource website and the OhioLINK ETD Center is included. To enter the session, simply click the link above, enter your first and last name, and press SUBMIT.
- Thursday, October 9, 2014 from 12 – 1 pm via Blackboard Connect
- Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 4 – 5 pm via Blackboard Connect
- Monday, March 16, 2015 from 4 – 5 pm via Blackboard Connect
- Tuesday, March 17, 2015 from 12 – 1 pm via Blackboard Connect
- Monday, May 11, 2015 from 12 – 1 pm via Blackboard Connect
This program provides one-on-one assistance with formatting issues and uploading your ETD to OhioLINK ETD Center and ProQuest UMI. This is not a lecture nor a presentation. Please save your document to Dropbox (or similar program) or to a thumb drive and bring it with you to the lab. There will be one or two facilitators circulating to provide assistance.
- Wed & Thurs, November 19 & 20, 2014 from 3 - 5 pm in Carlson Library Room 1025
- Wed & Thurs, April 8 & 9, 2015 from 3 - 5 pm in Carlson Library Room 1025
- Wed & Thurs, July 8 & 9, 2015 from 3 - 5 pm in Carlson Library Room 1025
Bring several copies of your resume to receive feedback from professionals in the field! Resume reviewers will be on hand to give you advice on how to land an interview for your next job! Facilitated by the Center for Experiential Learning and Career Development. Registration is not required.
- Wednesday, September 10, 2014 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm in the Ingman Room of the Student Union Building
Say “Goodbye” to that dreaded objective statement and the endless list of your entire work history. The resume game has changed and you don’t want to be stuck in the past! This program will get you up to speed with modern resume writing techniques and will also include information on writing a professional curriculum vitae. After this presentation, make sure to update your documents and bring them back on November 5th for a one-on-one resume/CV review! Presented in cooperation with the Center for Experiential Learning and Career Development.
- Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 2:00 – 3:00pm in Student Union Room 3018
Yes it is! Employers cringe at the sight of generic, mass-produced cover letters! If you are not receiving interview requests, it’s time to take your cover letter seriously. This document is your opportunity to create a critical first impression. Unfortunately, many cover letters fail to present a solid match between the applicant’s qualifications and the company’s greatest needs. Please join us to learn our top cover letter tips and techniques! Presented in cooperation with the Center for Experiential Learning and Career Development.
- Wednesday, October 8, 2014 from 2:00 – 3:00pm in Student Union Room 3018
Do you have specific questions or concerns about your resume or CV? Would you like someone to review your document and provide professional advice for improvement? You’re in luck! This program will allow you the opportunity to meet one-on-one with experts in resume and CV writing! We will have career development specialists, as well as distinguished faculty members, on hand to assist you. Bring a few copies of your resume or CV to receive valuable feedback! Presented in cooperation with the Center for Experiential Learning and Career Development.
- Wednesday, November 5, 2014 from 2:00 – 3:00pm in Student Union Room 2591
Step away from the computer and get yourself a job! While it may seem intimidating, networking is among the most effective career development and job-search techniques. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70% of all jobs are found through networking. This program will teach you effective networking and job search strategies – don’t miss out! Presented in cooperation with the Center for Experiential Learning and Career Development.
- Wednesday, February 11, 2015 from 2:00 – 3:00pm in Student Union Room 2591
Did you know that 92% of companies use or plan to use social media to recruit employees? Are you using social networking sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter to successfully connect with recruiters and search for jobs? Do your social media sites maintain a professional image? This program will teach students how to use social media to their advantage! Featuring: How to Build a Professional Student LinkedIn Profile. Presented in cooperation with the Center for Experiential Learning and Career Development.
- Wednesday, March 4, 2015 from 2:00 – 3:00pm in Student Union Room 2591
You’ve made it past the initial review and have landed the interview! Are you really ready for the next step in the job hunt? This program is designed to prepare you for different types of interviews including telephone, Skype, panel, and one-on-one interviews. This presentation will also focus on technique, attire, how to answer common questions, and more! Presented in cooperation with the Center for Experiential Learning and Career Development.
- Wednesday, April 1, 2015 from 2:00 – 3:00pm in Student Union Room 2591
This program will cover how copyright law and "Fair Use" applies to the graduate student's own writing and to the use of copyrighted material in his/her document. We will also discuss authoring issues such as multiple authors and the types of publishing agreements a student may be asked to sign (for their ETD and/or journal articles) as well as how they are related to copyright ownership. Handouts will include a Fair Use checklist and case studies that will be worked on during the session. Appropriate for all disciplines and graduate degree levels.
- Tuesday, September 16, 2014 from 3:30 – 5:00pm in Carlson Library Room 2010
Scholarly preparation and organizational skills are critical to successfully navigating the dissertation journey. This workshop provides an overview of what doctoral candidates can expect to encounter throughout the dissertation process as well as practical advice for overcoming some of the most common obstacles. Candidates should expect to leave the workshop empowered with tools, resources, and a clear pathway to success. This workshop is appropriate for candidates in any discipline. Facilitator: Dr. Russ Sprinkle, Dissertation Coach.
- Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 3:30 – 5:00pm in Carlson Library Room 2010
This program will cover the basics of conducting a literature review, from uncovering its rhetorical purpose to using library resources efficiently and effectively. Handouts will include annotated sample literature reviews and lists of questions to ask and answer as you write, which will help provide focus and structure to your writing. General and broad in scope, introductory in nature. Please click on link in the title, enter your first and last name, and click SUBMIT to join the webinar.
- Thursday, November 13, 2014 from 3:30 - 5:00pm via Blackboard Connect
This program will present generic conventions and expectations of conference participation. Various examples from different disciplines and types of conferences will be referenced and guest speakers will be invited to share their own experiences at conferences. A representative from GSA will also speak about the upcoming Midwestern Graduate Research Symposium. Appropriate for all disciplines and graduate degree levels.
- Tuesday, February 3, 2015 from 3:30 – 5:00pm in Carlson Library Room 2010
This workshop is a “compass” to help you navigate the terrain of the first leg of
your dissertation journey, the dissertation proposal. The dissertation proposal will
challenge your ability to organize and present scholarly evidence supporting the
need for your proposed study (Chapter 2), but also to marshal an extremely articulate
plan for data collection and data analysis at the highest levels of scholarship (Chapter
3). The workshop provides you with an understanding of the role and purpose of each
chapter in the dissertation proposal. This workshop is most useful for candidates writing in the social sciences, education,
nursing, and any other discipline that uses a similar approach (Introduction, Literature
Review, Methodology). Facilitator: Dr. Russ Sprinkle, Dissertation Coach
- Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 3:30 – 5:00pm in Carlson Library Room 2010
Overview of the steps to preparing for graduation. This session is designed to provide students with important information to keep you on track with plans for earning your degree and to help you navigate the graduation process.
- Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 12-1pm in Carlson Library Room 1025
- Tuesday, March 03, 2015 from 12-1pm in Carlson Library Room 1025
- Tuesday, March 24, 2015 from 12-1pm in COB Room 1210
- Tuesday, June 02, 2015 from 12-1pm in Carlson Library Room 1025
- Tuesday, June 09, 2015 from 12-1pm in COB Room 1210